Weekends of Music

This year's Winter Weekend will be from 4pm Friday March 7 to Sunday March 9, 2014.

Participants may stay at the Silos in their own bedding (contribution $35 + food dish for four)
or stay at a nearby motel or just visit ($10/day).

Bring your instruments and songbooks!

Contact E-mail WW coordinator Bob Rosensweet,
or E-mail kitchen master Dennis Goltermann to sign up!

Weekends of Music

Our Winter and Summer Weekends of Music are unstructured events where participants can organize their time as they see fit: jam all day and night, discuss instruments, tuning, harmonies, play cards, sit in front of the fire, do needlework, walk in the snow-covered woods or, if the weather is nice, sit outside and play. Eventually many people find the time to sleep. Most activities take place in and around a single, central building.

These wonderful weekends are for Project members and their guests, and are a benefit of membership.

Take a walk
Take a walk
Work out a musical arrangment

The Silos is a converted barn. Well, part of it is converted—the downstairs part is still a barn with all fittings and implements intact. It’s located in the Wallkill/Shawangunk, NY area, just one hour North of the NJ/NY border, about 22 minutes South of New Paltz. The house is really cool, with great acoustics and multi-level silos (hence the name) and lots of outdoorsy things to do in the vicinity. The acoustics are great, too. It’s the perfect spot for a weekend musical loaf-fest.

Since we’re holding this at a private home, some things will be different from the usual Winter Weekend.

  • There is no cooking staff. That means the Folk Project will supply breakfast fixins’ and the traditional Perpetual Coffee Pot, but attendees will be asked to provide food for pot lucks (or cook on site, or bring frozen trays, or cold cuts if you can’t cook) for the other meals. This will be micromanaged by Your Humble Newsleditor, with the help of designated Food Deputees.

  • Sleeping at the Silos will be dormitory-floor-style, with a choice of noisy/non-private/warm sleeping areas or quiet/semi-private/unheated sleeping areas. Bring your own bedding as usual, but also bring air mattresses/futons/pads if possible. There’s not a lot of privacy—the house is pretty much a big open space—but then again, we’re not used to much privacy at sites such as Wickapeck Lodge. People wishing more privacy/quiet can sleep at the nearby Harvest Inn, 8 miles away in Pine Bush, for $60/single, $70/double per night, additional people $5 each. (Please call to confirm current pricing. Reservations should be made in advance as they have been known to fill up.)

  • Due to The Silos’ multi-level, lack-of-railing design, we can’t allow children under the age of 13.

  • Registration is limited to 25 (recent Winter Weekend registrations have hovered around 20-ish, so we don’t feel we’re being exclusive). So get your registration in early—a lot of people seem to be excited about this new idea. (There is also the possibility of partials—Saturday only with no sleeping—and off-site accommodation per above, so talk to us about it.)